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of the national security agency which as you know are under fire since the revelation by former nsa analyst edward snowden that revealed documents that showed that they had been listen together phone conversation or scooping up the phone numbers of conversation of american citizens. the director of national intelligence said that the information was gathered legally, and the content is only available to a handful of people. >> everything that we do on this program is audited 100%. on the business records. 100%. the da data is kept separate frm all the other data we have. it's important to understand that the leaker did not have access to this data period. >> so randall, are these hearings setting the stage for the usa freedom act, and if so what would that legislation mean? what would it entail? >> reporter: well, yes, indeed. the hearings are setting the stage for the freedom act. the freedom act would be an amendment of the patriot okay, and what it would not do is restrict the power of the nsa to gather intelligence but plays some new rules. for example, it would end the "dragnet" collection of
charges. >> the head of the senate intelligence committee is defending the national security agency. the agency is facing the global criticism and claims that it spied on foreign allies. democratic senator dianne feinstein says that the end as a operate under direction of other departments. >> i believe s a is filled with a good patriotic people who want to do the right thing. they follow the orders that they are given. the administration controls intelligence. the national intelligence framework is put together by the administration. our priorities are ranked. as i understand it's a these are the priorities of one, terrorism, to, support of our military abroad. 3, nuclear counter proferation, 4, hard targets. and now cyber. those are the main areas. so essentially the end as a is told to do certain things and it does it. >> claims about the u.s. bond on allied leaders and citizens have sparked calls for the u.s. to roll back their surveillance programs. >> some parents in a sacramento suburb are fighting an elementary school policy that makes their children freeze at the end of a r
of the national security agency says reports of widespread phone tapping overseas are not true. meanwhile, a proposed bill in congress would sale back some of the n.a.a.'s powers. >> confident and almost defiant, the nation's top spy chiefs made no apologies, vigorously defending the job they do to keep america and its allies safe. >> there has not been a mass casualty here in the u.s. since 2001. that's not by luck. they didn't stop hating us. they didn't say that they were going to just forget this. they continued to try. >> the work of the n.s.a. is under fire, because of revelations by former n.s.a. analyst edward snowden. documents he leaked revealed the n.s.a. has been collecting phone calls and text messages of millions of american citizens. the author of the patriot act has proposed a new law called the freedom act aimed at ending the sweeping phone tapping program. the act would stop drag net collection of phone calls of american citizens, place stronger restrictions on who is targeted and appoint a special advocate to the super secret fisa courts to protect privacy rights. natio
around the world will be making their own decisions. the director of the national security agency has been before a congressional committee this week taking direct questions about how his department collects intelligence. >> journalists who published snowden's leaked documents told cnn he does not believe general keith alexander when he insists the nsa is following rules. >> he's being very specific and talking particularly about the reports of earlier this week, tens of millions of phone calls in france and spain, and he said it's completely false. what is your reaction to that? >> notice what he did not off, any evidence for the truth of what he's saying this is, remember, an agency that is extremely beleaguered in the middle of an intense scandal, both at home and abroad. it is an agency whose top officials have a record of lying to the congress and to the american people through the media, including general alexander. and these claims, which i was astonished to watch journalists yesterday go on television and treat as though they were the gospel are accusations made without eviden
. there are new revelations again about spying by the national security agency, aljazeera has exclusively obtained secret n.s.a. documents that show how the agency used the september 11 terrorist attacks to defend its surveillance policies. it is a 26 page playbook that is full of talking points for official use. some of the references to september 11 include. >> that language was mimicked by the head of the n.s.a. testifying before congress earlier this week. >> there has not been a mass casualty here in the u.s. since 2001. that's not by luck. they didn't stop hating us. they didn't say that they were going to just forgive this. they continued to try. >> also this morning, the washington post now reporting that the n.s.a. broke into the servers of google and yahoo overseas. during an interview wednesday, the n.s.a. directorial exsander denying that his agency has access to those servers. >> i can tell you factually, we do not have access to google servers, yahoo servers. we go through a court order. we issue that to them through the f.b.i. >> google executives expressing outrage saying they have
security agency, the nsa, has secretly tapped into those company's servers overseas. though the nsa denies the report, it's the latest reason for americans to question their privacy and the broad reach of our intelligence community. we'll get more from cnn's chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. >> reporter: explained in this simple hand sketched drawing, complete with a smiley face, maybe a newly disclosed way the nsa is monitoring the internet. "the washington post" citing documents stolen and released by edward snowden reports the intelligence agency has tapped into the communications link such as undersea cables connecting yahoo! and google data centers around the world and because those links are overseas, they can do so without any oversight from the u.s. government. the nsa chief delivered a partial denial. >> this is not nsa breaking into any databases. it would be illegal for us to do that. >> reporter: as did a written statement from nsa to cnn saying "the assertion that we collect vast quantities of u.s. persons' data from this type of collection is not true" but th
. >>anny: the head of the senate intelligence committee is defending the national security agency. democratic senator dianne feinstein said that the nsa operates under the direction of other departments. the agency has recently faced global criticism and claims it's like on foreign allies. >>: i believe the nsa is filled with good patriotic people who want to do the right thing. they follow the orders they are given. the administration controls intelligence. the national intelligence from markets put together by the administration. our priorities are right. as i understand it, these are the priorities. one, terrorism. two, support of our military abroad. 3, nuclear counter proliferation. for, our target in now, cyber. and those are the main areas. so essentially the nsa is told to do certain things and it doesn't. >>anny: claims of u.s. spying on allied leaders and citizens have sparked calls for the west to roll back its surveillance programs. president obama has ordered a review of those programs. >>james: no surprise here. a new poll finds over americans are against most propos
. the national security agency this morning denying today a report that it hacked into google and yahoo! servers as part of its spying program. nbc's andrea mitchell is in washington this morning with more on this story. trae, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. well, based on leaked documents from edward snowden, "the washington post" now reports that the nsa and british intelligence have hacked into the main communications links connecting google and yahoo! overseas. this would be a back doorway that avoids legal restrictions here in the u.s. that require a court order to access accounts. according to "the post" this enables the nsa to access hundreds of millions of user accounts including those of many americans. the nsa did issue a brief denial but it did not directly address this specific charge. yahoo! and google say they were unaware of the hacking but google said it has, quote, long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping adding, we are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gotten its intercept data from our data networks and un
. those professionals in the national security agency and elsewhere in the intelligence community are focused on one thing only, keeping americans safe and troops and diplomats abroad safe and keeping our allies safe. we need talent across the board. there's no question these revelations have caused some tensions in our relationships but i think the fundamental fact that the american people need to know is the national security agency is focused on foreign intelligence targets, those individuals and groups out there in the world who have as their primary focus doing harm to the american people, doing harm to our allies and they do a great job every day. >> isn't leadership on that issue then for the president to push off all of these attacks about spying and who we're spying on and whether it's right, if it's so important especially in a post 9/11 world, isn't the strength of leadership saying we spy, you may not like it, that's how it works. we're not going to reveal too much about this. think about it in the next election if you don't like it. the idea reviewing plans the presid
of attention. cnn's chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is in washington. a lot of double negatives we're talking about here. >> no question. it is interesting to hear their defense. they're denying they spy on the servers but not the links of the servers. picture cables under the ocean carrying bits of data. it's all been revealed by an interesting document stolen by snowden. explain in this simple hand sketched drawing, complete with a smiley face, may be a newly disclosed way the nsa is monitoring the internet. "the washington post" citing documents stolen and released by edward snowden reports the intelligence agency tapped into the communications link 1u67 as undersea cables connecting yahoo! and google data centers around the world. >> reporter: as did a written statement from the nsa to cnn saying the assertion that we collect vast quantities of u.s. persons data from this type of collection is not true. but the nsa did not deny it accesses links between the service or communications of foreigners carried on those links. reaction from google and yahoo! was swift and
with the security agencies and intelligence agencies of other nations, of allied nations. i'm not going to get into the specific alleged activities, intelligence activities, of the united states or our allies. we're obviously more broadly engaged in a review as i discussed at length yesterday of our intelligence gathering activities, mindful of the fact that because of the explosion in our technological capacities , we need to look at and make sure that we are not just gathering intelligence because we can, but we're gathering it because we need it specifically and that review is under way at the president's direction and will be completed by the end of the year. >> one of the things that officials say of the review is the surveillance of allied heads of state. is the administration's plan to conduct this review and tell the public of its outcomes all at once or is it possible that we could learn in the coming days or a shorter time frame of the decision on that specific program ahead of speed, surveillance? >> i think generally speaking you should expect it upon conclusion of the review. we w
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